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Cockley Beck bridge, Fell Foot Farm, Langdale

Photographer: Mark Lee Heavisides (MLH Photography)

Image taken using a Canon EOS 5D MKIII 17-40L
Manfrotto Tripod
LEE Filters

The hamlet of Cockley Beck lies in the pretty Duddon Valley, in the relatively quiet western part of the Lake District National Park. The hamlet - composed of just a couple of houses - lies at the eastern end of the road over Hardknott Pass, and is a welcome stopping place for walkers and drivers who have safely negotiated the steep and winding road.

At the bottom of the road is a picturesque single-arch packhorse bridge, a popular subject for calendar photos. There are two farms, and a self catering cottage attached to one of the farmhouses. One of the farms dates to the 17th century, rebuilt in the mid-19th century around the core of the older building. It was given to the National Trust in 1929.

Cockley Beck was settled in the 16th century, when this area of the Lake District became a busy centre for mining copper ore. It seems hard to imagine the area being busy at anything other than relaxing when you see it today.

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Canon 5D Mark III
17mm · f/14.0 · 1/2s · ISO 100
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